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Not only did Maren Morris perform at the 2017 Grammy Awards with Alicia Keys, but the groundbreaking songwriter also won her first Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for “My Church.” Meanwhile, her duet with Thomas Rhett, “Craving You,” was the ultimate song of the summer. She also released a deluxe edition of her Gold certified debut album, “Hero,” which introduced three new tracks.

Both spring and fall saw her headlining a successful run on the “Hero Tour,” while she spent the summer months hitting amphitheaters nationwide as a part of Sam Hunt’s “15 in a 30 Tour.” Maren also released a video for current single, “I Could Use A Love Song,” and made her first appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

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In October, moved to action by devastating headlines, the thoughtful lyricist unveiled a previously unreleased (and now Rare Country Awards-nominated) track, “Dear Hate,” featuring vocals from Vince Gill. The singer donated 100 percent of the proceeds from the emotive ballad to aid the victims of the Las Vegas festival shooting.

On a personal note, she also got engaged to boyfriend and fellow recording artist Ryan Hurd, and fans have been drawn to their compelling love story.

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In addition to some select headlining dates, Maren has already announced that she’ll open for former One Direction pop sensation Niall Horan on his “Flicker World Tour” in 2018. She previewed that tour when she performed with Niall on the CMA Awards.

Maren is now nominated for Female Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.

Maren Morris showed us both her feisty and compassionate sides in 2017 Photo credit: Alex Ferrari
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